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: New Year's Day Concert

New. Annual event featuring Viennese waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family and Joseph Hellmesberger. Zubin Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, who are joined by stars from the Bavarian State Opera Munich.


Unknown: Joseph Hellmesberger.
Unknown: Zubin Mehta

: Arena: The Archers

Marking its 56th year on the air, Arena examines the enduring appeal of Radio 4's rural soap, which began in 1951 as a public service programme to help Britain's farmers get back on their feet. The everyday tale has evolved slowly over the years, but reached new heights in November with its 15,000th episode about a love triangle. Cruel yule: p23; Soap & Flannel: p51

: Cold Comfort Farm

Adaptation of Stella Gibbons 's comic novel, starring Eileen Atkins and Kate Beckinsale.


Author: Stella Gibbons
Unknown: Eileen Atkins
Unknown: Kate Beckinsale.

: Viking Fire

The build-up to the annual Up Helly-Aa Shetland fire festival, seen through the eyes of those taking part.

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About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

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